Watch the child in face-to-face interaction with an adult.
Ask the adult to make slow, exaggerated mouth movements paired with a sound: open your mouth, stick out your tongue, smile, protrude your lips and wait.
After several seconds the child will make mouth movements. Some movements may approximate what the caregiver adult did.
Explain to parents that one way the baby will learn to talk is by watching how sounds are made and imitating mouth and tongue movements. Imitation games are motivating to the infant and build basic skills.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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